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Good morning! This Tuesday, tech is all over Biden's transition team, Tim Berners-Lee's new company is selling products, and Apple's about to launch some new Macs.
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Anna Kramer writes: In the theater of presidential politics, tech just upgraded from the balcony to box seats. Though much of the Biden transition team has yet to be announced (and rumors abound, like that one about Eric Schmidt becoming tech's guy in the White House), we've already got three big names sliding in from Apple, Facebook and Twitter.
Here's what you need to know about each:
Many more tech insiders will probably be announced this week, and I'd hang my hat on there being at least one big name from Harris' orbit. Biden's administration surely has some fights in store for the tech industry, but it looks like it will also try to foster a more productive private-public relationship than in recent years. Let's see.
In the long run, Inrupt CEO John Bruce told me, he wants to basically change everything about the internet. Or, at least, how user data moves around it.
In the interim, Inrupt is now offering its first Solid product: an enterprise-grade server that makes that new data relationship possible. "If you're in the business of servicing customers," Bruce said, "unfortunately, the way the world works today, you have to take data to do it." But he thinks most companies don't want to store that data. And he hopes they won't have to for long.
Inrupt's most interesting pilot project is with the government of Flanders in Belgium, which Bruce said is rolling out Solid to more than 6.5 million people. "It'll be the way they interface with all the government services," he said. "It'll be where you keep your deaths, birth/marriage certificates, how you get your health data, how you apply for government services, how you get your pension." That's forcing Inrupt to move faster, and it's also giving it valuable data about how people interact with its new idea.
Apple's "One More Thing" event is today, and we're almost certainly going to see Apple's first crack at a Mac lineup powered by the company's own chips.
But the real question is: So what? "It's faster!" isn't going to matter much to most people; neither will "Intel bad, Apple good."
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Zoom lied about its encryption for years, the FTC alleges:
Believe it or not, the PS5 could have been even bigger, Sony's Yujin Morisawa said:
Jim Bridenstine is stepping down as NASA administrator because he doesn't want to work for Joe Biden:
IBM's Arvind Krishna told Biden that he's ready to help cure COVID-19:
The Boring Company is hiring in Austin. In case you're up for some tunnel-digging and transportation-inventing.
Eric Schmidt is moving to Cyprus. Well, not really moving, but he's applied for citizenship in the country, which would allow him to move about the EU.
GM is hiring 3,000 new software engineers and designers, in an attempt to make the car company significantly more tech-focused.
Rajeev Misra and Marcelo Claure are off SoftBank's board. Masa Son said the move gives more power to the board's independent directors, rather than those who oversee its portfolio. The company is also thinking about moving the Vision Fund's HQ from London to Abu Dhabi, the Financial Times reports.
… is Four Seasons Total Landscaping. Coopertom recreated the Trump campaign's bizarre press conference locale in VRChat and held a furry party outside. Coming next to the virtual party strip, apparently: the crematorium and sex shop that are next door to the real Four Seasons Total Landscaping.
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